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Surveillance video helps catch Siesta Key purse thief

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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 5:10 pm

SIESTA KEY, Fla. -- A West Palm Beach man was caught on camera stealing a purse at a bar in Siesta Key Village and arrested when he returned to the bar.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, early Tuesday morning, the victim told the manager at the Beach Club that someone stole her purse. He watched surveillance video which shows the crime and then the suspect leaving the property. However, the suspect returned to the bar a short time later and was detained by security staff until deputies arrived.


The purse, her phone, and nearly $500 was recovered, and 27-year-old Keith Hernandez was arrested for Grand Theft. He was released from jail after posting $5,000 bond.

"Watching this video shows how quickly a crime can occur," said Sarasota County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Wendy Rose. "It's also a good reminder to not leave purses unattended or carry large amounts of cash when it's not absolutely necessary."

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